Trojans topple Highlanders on road

first_imgWith redshirt sophomore center Dewayne Dedmon sidelined for the first time this season with a stress fracture in his right foot, the USC men’s basketball team needed other players to assume the scoring load.Stepping up · Freshman guard Alexis Moore was one of two Trojans in double figures to help USC defeat UC Riverside 56-35. USC shot 53 percent from the field and limited the Highlanders to just 11 points in the second half. – Chris Pham | Daily TrojanThe Trojans (4-4) spread the ball around, as all seven Trojans who received playing time scored four or more points in the 56-35 victory over UC Riverside on Wednesday at the UC Riverside Student Recreation Center — the largest margin of victory and first two-game winning streak of the season for USC.The Highlanders (2-5) opened the game leading 10-2, much to the delight of the sold-out crowd at the Student Recreation Center who witnessed USC’s first-ever road trip to Riverside.The Trojans closed the opening half on an 8-2 run to go into halftime leading 32-24, and then carried the momentum into the second half, scoring 21 of the first 27 points.USC held the Highlanders to 11 points in the second half. The Trojans shot .532 from the field, compared to .351 for UC Riverside. USC shot .500 or better for the fourth consecutive game.Junior guard Greg Allen paced the Trojans with 11 points, including three baskets from beyond the arc.After he was held scoreless in his previous three games, freshman guard Alexis Moore had 10 points.Sophomore forward Garrett Jackson scored eight points, all in the first half.Freshman guard Byron Wesley added eight points, his third consecutive game with eight or more points.Coming off a 28-point outburst in the win over South Carolina on Saturday that helped sophomore guard Maurice Jones earn the Pac-12 Player of the Week award, was held to six points, and missed all five of his three-point attempts.Two players, senior guard Phil Martin and senior guard Kareem Nitoto, combined to score 24 of UC Riverside’s 35 total points.The Trojans will next travel to Minnesota, their farthest road trip of the season. The Gophers (6-1) won their first six games of the season, but leading scorer and rebounder Trevor Mbakwe, a senior forward, tore his ACL on Sunday against Dayton, and is expected to miss the rest of the season. With Mbakwe out, sophomore guard Austin Hollins averages a team-high 10.3 points per game, and no other player averages more than 3.7 points per game. The game can be seen on Saturday at 11:15 a.m. on the Big Ten Network.USC returns to Galen Center to play New Mexico on Dec. 10, beginning a stretch of four-straight home games that also includes games against Georgia and TCU, and culminates with a match-up against 15th-ranked Kansas on Dec. 22. Last year, the Trojans had possession of the ball trailing 70-68 to the Jayhawks, but guard Jio Fontan stepped out of bounds and Kansas held on for the victory.The Trojans open Pac-12 competition on Dec. 29 at California. Dedmon, who is expected to miss four to six weeks, has said he hopes to return in time for conference games.last_img read more

Mendy ready for more silverware with City, France

first_img0Shares0000France’s defender Benjamin Mendy, pictured July 16, 2018, was sidelined by a knee injury but still ended the summer with World Cup and Premier League winners medals © AFP/File / Lionel BONAVENTUREMIAMI, United States, Jul 29 – Benjamin Mendy is ready to make up for lost time at Manchester City and add to his ever-growing list of silverware.A knee injury forced the 24-year-old for out seven months last season but having made just 11 appearances all season he ended the summer with World Cup and Premier League winners medals. Mendy played only 40 minutes for Les Bleus in the group stage against Denmark and ticked off just enough matches for City to have something hanging round his neck during the celebrations.His gold World Cup medal hasn’t left his sight since picking it up in Moscow.“I have the medal in my pocket,” Mendy told reporters in Miami ahead of City’s pre-season friendly here this week.“Before the World Cup I said to the dressing room, ‘if I win I’ll come back with the medal’.“This (the medal) is my skin now. For four years it’s my skin for a life. In four years we have a new World Cup but now we are the kings.“Before we were going, everybody was talking about their country. I said that you’ll see the French win but some other guys said no.“After we played we spoke but every time it’s with respect. When we won against Argentina I spoke with Kun (Aguero) straight after the game with a text.“When England won their quarter-final I spoke with Raz (Raheem Sterling) and Kyle (Walker). Everything is like this. So when I come back I don’t go “waaaaaaah!” I say hi and we speak.”Mendy’s involvement on the pitch with Didier Deschamps’ team was brief but his influence in the dressing room ensured he remained an important part of the jigsaw for France.“For the World Cup you don’t care. It’s better if you’re playing but it was an amazing moment with the team and the staff,” he said.– ‘A big family’ –Mendy says that playing with old friend Paul Pogba (L), both pictured June 15, 2018, on the French national team is “a dream” from when they were younger © AFP/File / FRANCK FIFE“We are a big family and we knew what we wanted to do – to win the World Cup and it’s what we did. It was amazing to go back to Paris. If you play or you don’t play, I enjoyed it.“You need to have a very big team and a big family with the team-mates and staff too.”Mendy joined up with Pep Guardiola’s side in Floriday ahead of their clash with Bayern Munich in the International Champions Cup and is hopeful of being fit and raring to go for the season-opener at Arsenal.“Really, I didn’t have any low moments, “ he said. When I go to the hospital some people [are worse than] me. It’s just one knee though.“All the time I was asking about when I can do the next thing. I was always asking. The time went so quick. I remember when I went to the hospital in Barcelona, I asked before my surgery whether I could go to the World Cup.“The surgeon said: ‘I’m not a magician, but normally yes.’ That was my goal.“I want to play. When you win one time you want to win a second time. You don’t want to stop. I am so, so, so excited for keeping going like this with the team.”Seeing old friend Paul Pogba, his cross-city rival in Manchester, excel during France’s campaign made it even more special.“Playing with him in the national team is a dream,” said Mendy.“Sometimes we spoke about this when we were younger, about 13, and now we are in the France team.“It’s amazing. Before every game he was the one speaking big words to the team.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more